Borrowing Library Books on Your Phone and Tablet

The New York Times recently published a “how to” guide for borrowing library books on your phone and tablet computer. The article points out:

“E-books are available for borrowing from about 11,000 libraries around the country, so confirm that your local library lends them and offers the Kindle format. You can find this out from the library’s own website or at, a digital service that works with libraries to lend digital content to the public.

“If your library lends Kindle books, you just need a valid library card and PIN code from the institution itself. You also need an Amazon account, a Wi-Fi connection and a Kindle e-reader, Kindle Fire tablet, Kindle mobile reading app or the Kindle Cloud Reader.”

This and a lot more information is available at


Overdrive has e-books in multiple formats, including formats for your laptop, as well as audio books in multiple formats. When the borrowing period is over, the book is automatically deleted from your device. It’s an excellent service.


It doesn’t need to be in Kindle format only. My library offers ebooks through Overdrive in epub and pdf formats.


OverDrive works on a iPad, too, so if you already have one of those you don’t need to go out and buy a KIndle or Nook.

Liked by 1 person

I love this option (Overdrive) from my local library. I utilize it whenever I travel by loading (onto my electronic tablet) as many ebooks as allowed for the maximum time period for each book. Then I can read at my leisure during the trip without the need for wifi connection. You can download new books whenever you are in wifi connection area to replenish your list. Like Cindi said, the books go away automatically when their expiration date is reached.
Check with your local library about this free feature and they will help you set it up on your device.


Leave a Reply

Name and email address are required. Your email address will not be published.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

You may use these HTML tags and attributes:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <pre> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> 

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: